An unplanned fire is the ultimate sign that things have gone sideways.
Despite being labeled a never event and countless regulations on how to prevent them, fires still break out in hospitals. Between 2012 and 2014 there were 5,700 medical facility fires reported to fire departments.
Harrington’s workforce will undergo additional training in de-escalation techniques and defensive tactics, and public safety officers will be armed with batons, foam-based pepper spray, and handcuffs.
Medical facilities that sit in hurricane-prone regions know to remain prepared before, during, and after the regular storm season, which extends from June 1 to December 1. But Harvey and Irma struck with surprising speed and strength, leaving many facilities with one question: How can a hospital possibly prepare for an event of such magnitude?
As the hurricane season continues to interrupt day-to-day normalcy for millions in and around the Caribbean, healthcare organizations in the affected areas—and elsewhere—should take steps to ensure that their linens remain safe for patient use.
Want to improve your infection control? Consider your hospital floors.
Balancing the need to keep medical settings safe and clean with the rights of patients with disabilities and their service animals has challenges.
Take time in the final week of August to reflect on immunization preparedness and handling practices in your facility.
A facility in Massachusetts is accused of failing to address workplace violence risks as it had promised.
After pushback, federal officials backed away from their claim that smoke barrier doors must be inspected and tested annually.
Orlando Health’s corporate manager of emergency preparedness talks about his experience with the Pulse nightclub shooting and how healthcare leaders can better prepare their organizations to handle disasters.